Fil-Am Congressman from CA says “Salamat po” to Filipino community

His victory was the last called among hundreds of house races in the country, but TJ Cox is making history by being the first Filipino American Congressman representing one of California’s districts.

“We have won.”

This was the big announcement of Fil-Am Democratic congressional candidate TJ Cox, who declared victory on Wednesday against three-term Republican representative David Valadao.

The contest in California’s 21st district was the country’s last undecided congressional race.

If his victory holds, Cox would become the first Filipino to hold a u-s congressional seat in California — the state with the largest number of Filipinos.

More than three weeks ago — on Election Day — Cox trailed behind Valadao by about 5,000 votes. Valadao then declared victory with multiple news outlets calling the race in his favor.

But since then, Cox has picked up votes and as of Wednesday, was leading by more than 500 votes.

Votes are still being counted in Fresno and Kern counties — but those areas have favored Cox in post-election day updates, which led Cox to declare that the race was over.

Cox issued a statement on Twitter applauding the efforts of thousands of people — saying, “Our communities came together and made this possible.”

On his first television interview since his victory was officially called on Tuesday evening, Cox tells BA that he would not be standing on the steps of his new office building on Capitol Hill without the Filipino American votes.

Cox is in Washington DC getting ready to take on his new job representing California’s 21st District.

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